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When was the last time you paid $69 for a flight? Well, it could soon be in your future, as Norwegian has just announced a £56 US-UK flight. You read that right, a transatlantic flight for under $70!
Reported by the Independent, Norwegian is set to connect Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY with Edinburgh as of Summer 2017. This service will be operated by Norwegian’s fleet of new Boeing 737 MAX 8s, which will seat 186 in an all economy class. Frequency has not been set, but expect flights to operate only a few times a week.
If you’re unfamiliar with Stewart International, don’t worry, I’m sure most people are! It’s located roughly 60 miles north of New York City, and echoes Norwegian’s European growth patterns of opening bases at secondary airports in order to save money. In a quote from Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos:
“We’ll also be flying to secondary airports in New York (not JFK). That means we don’t pay as much and can charge cheaper fares”
It certainly is cheaper that Norwegian’s flights out of JFK, which start at ~$155 to fly to London Gatwick. Remember, Norwegian is a low-cost carrier, so expect to pay for seat assignments ($45), checked baggage ($90), and food/drinks ($1-$20), so that $69 ticket is actually closer to $205. Not terrible, but not $69! You’ll also need to figure out a way to get to the airport, as public transit connections leave something to be desired.
Norwegian has been growing quickly in the last year, also recently announcing domestic flights in Argentina. With 250 planes expected to be delivered to Norwegian in the next five years, I’m sure we’ll see even more of these kinds of routes pop up.
For those living near Newburgh/New York City, will you be taking advantage of these low fares?